Looking for some Halloween fun with the kids that also encourages reading? Halloween ComicFest will be held on Saturday, October 25, and participating comic shops around the world will give away free comics and host events for their customers to enjoy while they browse the various titles and treasures each store offers.
According to Diamond Comic Distributors, “There are 19 titles available to choose from that are great for kids and adults, with twelve full-sized comics and seven mini-comics making it easy for everyone to find a story they will enjoy. Titles for this year include: DC’s Scooby Doo Team-Up with Batman #1, Marvel’s Secret Wars #1, Afterlife with Archie #1, My Little Pony, Plants vs. Zombies, Angry Birds, and other haunting and fun tales.”
Halloween ComicFest will also make available for purchase packs of 20 mini-comics which can be handed out to trick-or-treaters or stuffed inside goodie bags as a healthy alternative to sugary snacks. These mini-comics provide “an opportunity to pass on the fun of discovering and reading comics to the next generation of readers,” says Halloween ComicFest spokesperson Deborah Moreland.
You can find the store closest to you by visiting the Halloween ComicFest website.
Local comic shop, East Side Mags located at 7 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair will be participating in this year’s event. Customers will receive one free comic of their choice and those who spend $10 or more will receive a 5-pack of comics. Comic book writer and artist Brian Smith (SpongeBob SquarePants, Stuff of Legend, Intrepid EscapgeGoat, Voltron, Max Steel) will be in the store signing copies of his work and doing sketches from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
East Side Mags owner Jeff Beck hopes events like Halloween ComicFest and Free Comic Book Day (held annually in May) will get kids excited about reading. “Halloween ComicFest is a way to get the community together for more than just trick or treats. It’s a way to share some amazing art and stories.” Jeff’s store is amazingly kid friendly with a welcoming vibe for the whole family.
And what is Halloween without costumes? “The Greatest Halloween Costume Contest Ever” presented by Halloween ComicFest is open until November 9, 2014, with prizes including shopping sprees to the winner’s choice of comic shop. Entrants must visit the website and upload a picture of themselves in costume holding one of the free Halloween ComicFest 2014 comics and submitting it to the appropriate category. Categories include Superhero/Comics, TV/Movie, Gamer, Horror and Original.
East Side Mags is hosting a contest of its very own. On Halloween Day, entrants are invited to stop by the store dressed in costume. Entrants will have their pictures taken and judging will take place at the end of the night for a winner in each of five categories: Best Superhero Costume (or comic book related), Best Horror Costume, Best Sci-Fi Costume, Most Original and Best Couple/Group Costume. The winner in each category will receive a $10 East Side Mags gift certificate and a Halloween ComicFest t-shirt. The store will also have free comics and non-candy treats for trick-or-treaters.
In a season many of us associate with candy, it’s nice to have a way to celebrate that encourages children to open their imaginations and spend some time with words.